Wonder & Awe

“Now class, pay attention!” Sister Mary Margaret began authoritatively with Monday’s dissertation on spiritual life. “You must be present to witness God’s wonder and awe.”

In 1964, nuns at St. Charles Grammar School, in San Carlos, had a way of beating a subject (religious or otherwise) into the concrete floors of our upper-level classroom. With a four-foot-long pointer in hand, our teacher walloped her elongated weapon for decorum across her palm as she praised God’s mystical glory.

“How can you be present for something you can’t […]

Forever Young

“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?” – Satchel Page

One evening, while feeding my father his nightly bowl of vanilla ice cream, I looked into his wise old face and wondered what went through the mind of a man his age.

“Dad, what’s it like to be 95,” I asked, ready for an inspiring revelation.

“I have no idea,” he answered.

“What do you mean, you have no idea?” I giggled. “Think of all the things you’ve seen in your lifetime. […]

The World is about Karma

In my profession as a Realtor, I’m constantly shocked over the feelings buyers have about a death in the family home. In most cases, it’s an absolute deal breaker.

When my dad moved in with me, I realized that this might easily be a possibility when it was his turn to go home. At 95, he could pass away any day, any hour, any minute. I knew I needed to prepare my children.

At first, their reaction was typical – “how creepy.” Could they ever sleep […]

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